Start-up Choihona II brought more new entrepreneus on stage

Mar 27, 2017

Successfully launched Start-Up Choihona project continued with a second event on Sunday, 19 March, 2017. The joint initiative of various governmental, development and private sector partners to support innovative new entrepreneurship and to increase youth employment and income generation, has strengthened with new partnerships, and this time the project brought even more new entrepreneurs on stage.

A quarterly arranged pitching competition is a platform for new entrepreneurs to present their start-up ideas and to look for business partners, coaching, and see if their business idea has potential to fly. More than 40 entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges, and exposed their marketing skills to a wide audience in a competition that covered sectors of agriculture, ICT and small production and services.

“The project enables young people to get feedback on their business ideas so that they can further refine them. The final goal is to encourage the youth to be more self-reliant and to promote the entrepreneurship mind-set and attitude. UNDP in Tajikistan is happy to support this initiative together with our partners in the year of youth, as proclaimed by the President. In the country where 70% of population is below 30 and youth represents 31% it is important to start from them when attempting to build a platform, a network, a support mechanism that can grow into a functioning ecosystem that will then enhance entrepreneurship and create more decent and fulfilling jobs for people”, explains UNDP Deputy Country Director Sanja Bojanic.

The partners of the event were UN Volunteers in Tajikistan, Accelerate Prosperity (AKDN), UNDP Aid for Trade Project (Phase-III) and UNDP LIRP Project, Serena Hotel, First MicroFinance Bank, School of Young Entrepreneurs and Club of Young Entrepreneurs among others.

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For more information, please contact:
UNV Programme Officer in Tajikistan Heli Nykänen,, tel: +992 93 9999 259

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